Regional Wildlife Science Collaborative

The Regional Wildlife Science Collaborative for Offshore Wind (RWSC) was cooperatively established and is led by four Sectors – federal agencies, states, eNGOs, and the offshore wind industry. The RWSC supports research and monitoring on wildlife and offshore wind by:

  • Identifying priorities for scientific research and monitoring at the project, regional and ecosystem-wide scales
  • Coordinating and aligning funding to meeting those priorities
  • Ensuring appropriate data and standards are in place to support science priorities

Updates

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Integrated Science Plan for Offshore Wind and Wildlife – under development by the RWSC Subcommittees:

View the draft Ongoing & Pending Offshore Wind & Wildlife Research Database (and email us to add research projects)


2022 Steering Committee and Sector Caucuses

The Steering Committee contains equal representation of the four Sectors. Representatives are elected by the members of each Sector Caucus.

  • State Caucus
    • Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
    • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
    • Maryland Department of Natural Resources / Maryland Energy Administration
  • Federal Caucus
    • BOEM
    • NOAA
    • US FWS
  • Offshore Wind Industry Caucus
    • Orsted North America
    • Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind
    • Equinor / Shell (alternate)
  • eNGO Caucus
    • Natural Resources Defense Council
    • National Audubon Society
    • The Nature Conservancy

View the full Sector Caucus Membership list (as of March 2022).


Events

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Key Documents

  • RWSC Governance Structure: Articulates a governance structure for the RWSC as a collaborative entity among four Sectors – federal agencies, state agencies, environmental non-governmental organizations, and offshore wind companies.
  • Annual Work Plan for FY2022: Outlines the broad bins of responsibilities of NROC, MARCO, and CSSF staff in launching and implementing the RWSC.

Background

In July 2021, NROC, MARCO, and CSSF announced that they were selected to host the RWSC (then called Regional Wildlife Science Entity or RWSE). Read the July 2021 announcement from NROC, MARCO, and CSSF.

Since 2019, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, and a broad set of stakeholders developed a vision for a regional science organization to support research and monitoring for wildlife and offshore wind energy. Representatives from federal agencies, state agencies, offshore wind developers and non-governmental organizations will guide the future work of the RWSE via participation in the Steering Committee. The committee will leverage the expertise of these entities, many of which are already involved in a host of studies to evaluate potential effects of offshore wind development on wildlife and ecosystems. Scientific and technical experts throughout the region will also be invited to provide input on topics such as research priorities, monitoring methods, interpretation of results, and data management.

For more information, contact Emily Shumchenia, RWSC Director.